I just read a very interesting article published in the Christian Science Monitor. It was actually published almost a week ago, but I was so busy I had to save it for later. I’m glad I came back to it.
The article, entitled How fast can they write? E-books push writer productivity, written by Husna Haq, gives some pretty surprising examples of how the appetite for digital content is pushing writers to produce at never before seen levels. Where once an author who published once per year was considered impressive, we live in a world where some well known authors are publishing two or more novels per year. James Patterson wrote or co-wrote 12 novels last year, and plans on writing 13 next year.
There are two sides of this that are immediately striking. The first, partially alluded to in the article, is what drives this demand: the people want to read. For aspiring authors, this desire, fueled by easy access to quality ebooks, is in turn creating exciting opportunities. Of course, it’s up to us to create content readers want to buy.
The second is what this demand might do to the quality of novels being churned out so quickly. Can even talented authors maintain quality when publishing so much so quickly? And take that a step farther for indie authors: for those who are trying to write tons of content, but eschew professional editing, what does that do to the name of the author?
Points to ponder. But I think we should take the positive lesson from this article. There’s a market out there that wants to read. So now we need to make sure we’re delivering content to help fill that need.